U.S. Senate Passes $95 Billion Aid Package for Ukraine Israel and Taiwan - Biden will sign

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by Ifi Reporter Category:Government Apr 24, 2024

 The U.S. Senate voted in favor of a comprehensive aid package totaling $95 billion for Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan. The vote, with a majority of 79 supporters against 18 opponents, paves the way for President Joe Biden's promised signature.
This marks the second time the Senate has voted in favor of the package, following a previous vote where 80 senators supported advancing the aid package while only 19 were opposed.

Bipartisan Collaboration

The aid package, which was initially approved by the House of Representatives last Saturday after months of negotiations between Democrats and Republicans, garnered praise from President Biden. He hailed the bipartisan effort as providing "critical support" to Israel, Ukraine, and humanitarian efforts in Gaza.

Aid Breakdown

Of the $95 billion, $26.4 billion is earmarked for Israel and the Middle East. A significant portion will go towards military aid to Israel for defensive and offensive purposes, including replenishing defensive items and purchasing advanced weapons systems.

Iron Dome and Humanitarian Aid

A substantial $15 billion is allocated for military aid to Israel, with $4 billion earmarked for the Iron Dome and David's Sling missile defense systems. Additionally, $9.2 billion will be dedicated to humanitarian aid worldwide, including assistance for Gaza residents, focusing on food, shelters, and basic services.

No Conditions on Military Aid

Despite some progressive Democrats' desires to attach conditions to military aid, the package does not include such provisions. However, recent leaks from the White House suggest potential sanctions against the Netzah Yehuda Battalion for alleged human rights violations, causing concern in Israel.

Presidential Approval Imminent

With Senate approval secured, President Biden is poised to sign the aid package into law promptly, reaffirming the United States' commitment to supporting its allies and addressing humanitarian crises worldwide.

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